FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo Peter Stern, Apple Vice President of Services, speaks at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, Calif. Apple TV Plus launches on Friday for $5 a month with just eight shows and a few more coming soon. Apple will bundle it with sales of new gadgets like the iPhone, Mac and Apple TV. That suggests a market of 40 million customers, said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) Photo: AP file
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Beyond Netflix: A look at what you get with new streamers

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By MAE ANDERSON

Attention binge watchers: There's life beyond Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Streaming choices are about to proliferate with the debut of Apple TV Plus on Friday and Disney Plus in two weeks. HBO Max and Peacock arrive next year. With discounts and other incentives, consumers can sample them all to figure out which ones to keep.

Here's a look at the new streaming challengers and what you get with each:

APPLE TV PLUS

Apple's entry into the streaming business.

Launch date: Friday

Price: $5 a month

Promotions: Seven-day free trial. A year free to buyers of a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac.

Original shows: A Jason Momoa series called "See" and "The Morning Show," a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell. The service will launch with nine original shows and movies, with more expected each month.

Other shows and movies: None.

DISNEY PLUS

Disney's entertainment service, featuring shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Launch date: Nov 12

Price: $7 a month or $70 a year. Getting Disney Plus with ESPN Plus and Hulu, both owned by Disney, will cost $13 a month.

Promotions: Seven-day free trial. Free year with all Verizon Wireless unlimited plans and when customers switch to Verizon's Fios Home Internet or 5G Home Internet.

Original shows: "The Mandalorian," a live-action "Star Wars" series created by Jon Favreau. A prequel to the "Star Wars" movie "Rogue One." A series about the Marvel character Loki. A rebooted "High School Musical" series. A documentary series focused on Disney.

Other shows and movies: Animated classics, including "Aladdin" and "The Jungle Book," will be available at launch; others will be added as streaming deals with other services expire. Movies released in 2019 or later will go to Disney Plus rather than a rival streaming service first. Disney Plus will also house past seasons of "The Simpsons," which Disney got through its purchase of Fox's entertainment business.

PEACOCK

The service from Comcast's NBCUniversal will carry 15,000 hours of video at launch.

Launch date: April 2020

Price: Undisclosed

Promotions: Free for many Comcast cable and internet customers.

Original shows: Reboots of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Saved by the Bell." Comedy series "Rutherford Falls," from Michael Schur, creator of "The Good Place" and "Parks and Recreation."

Other shows and movies: "30 Rock," ?Will & Grace," and "Cheers," though these won't stream exclusively on Peacock. Peacock will get "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" once existing deals with Netflix expire. "Bridesmaids," ''E.T." and other movies from Universal Pictures, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation.

HBO MAX

A souped-up version of HBO from AT&T's WarnerMedia, with some 10,000 hours of video at launch.

Launch date: May 2020

Price: $15 a month

Promotions: Free for about 10 million existing HBO subscribers — those who get HBO through AT&T distribution platforms such as U-Verse and DirecTV, and those who get the HBO Now streaming service directly from HBO, rather than a cable or online partner such as Amazon. Free for customers of AT&T's higher-tier wireless and broadband offerings.

Original shows: A "Game of Thrones" prequel called "House of the Dragon." ''Raised by Wolves," a sci-fi series directed by Ridley Scott. "Strange Adventures," a DC Super Hero anthology series.

Other shows and movies: HBO shows and movies, including theatrical releases that HBO licenses. Programs from the Warner Bros. studio, including "Friends," ''The Big Bang Theory," ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Pretty Little Liars." New CW shows "Batwoman" and "Riverdale" spinoff "Katy Keene" will also be available to stream after the season ends.

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besides netflix (which I will always rank as number 1) I'm interested in Apple TV, and Shudder. Unfortunately, shudder is not available in Japan yet

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HBO has the best lineup but that price point is ridiculous. However, it is probably the most realistic and sustainable price point out of all the services. Apple has a few originals to offer. But free with an iphone makes it viable. Disney will probably get the largest draw but that price will change quickly. Netflix will ultimately be gutted once its licensing expires.

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When you have MORE streaming services, you have more shows/movies that are going to be blocked from each other due to competition.

Us the consumers will have to pay MORE to access different streaming sites in order to watch the particular shows/movies that we want.

If you only can afford to sign up for one, you're not gonna have access to many of the shows now available on just one or two streaming sites, unless of course you pay extra - which is where all this proliferation is leading to.

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Only interested in services that have support in Japan!

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Yeah so this is all interesting info, but given that this is a Japanese news site (albeit in English) shouldnt it be concentrating on the streaming services available HERE? Netflix, Hulu (Japan), Prime, Disney and Gyao or whatever the other ones that mobile providers push here.

Include info on what English language shows they offer, and what shows offer subtitles, or dubs etc. Thats what would be useful here (I am particularly interested in knowing what Disney offers here)

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I genuinely feel sorry for the sheep getting fleeced to bare skin.

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Have to agree with the folks about the Japan content! Who HERE gives a crap about paying $15 or $100, it isnt yen and it's not available HERE!

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I genuinely feel sorry for the sheep getting fleeced to bare skin.

What would you recommend, in terms of broadcasting/streaming platforms? Personally, am glad to have Amazon and Netflix, although the former isn't perhaps the best user friendly one.

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Yeah so this is all interesting info, but given that this is a Japanese news site (albeit in English) shouldnt it be concentrating on the streaming services available HERE? Netflix, Hulu (Japan), Prime, Disney and Gyao or whatever the other ones that mobile providers push here.

> Include info on what English language shows they offer, and what shows offer subtitles, or dubs etc. Thats what would be useful here (I am particularly interested in knowing what Disney offers here)

excellent point

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Thanks for this article that smells an awful lot like a paid advertisement (or maybe it just smells period haha) but I have a few questions:

Are any of these new services actually available in Japan or will they be? Or was this just a story that was copied verbatim off the wire and lazily not even considered or customized for regional relevance?

Did I read that correctly? The Apple Plus service will start with only 9 programs?! I mean, not like I would ever subscribe to it, but just for my own morbid curiosity. Are my eyes deceiving me?
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When I grew up in London, there was a children's TV show called: 'Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?' The idea being, get off your backside and stop vegging in front of the idiot box. It was pretty popular back in the day. At the moment, I can only afford one streaming site. Unless you're rich, you're only going to subscribe to one channel. In time, a few of these sites will die off. UK Netflix is garbage now as most of the good content has been pulled and we're now left with badly written 'originals'. I stopped subscribing to Netflix 6 months ago and haven't missed it. There's loads of other things one can do..study some Japanese, read a book (I just read 'I Heard You Paint Houses'...that's the book The Irishman is based on..good book) I have a new book on the history of Argentinean football, which looks good. I've started learning Tai Chi and Wing Chun and I also do a little Qi gong and meditation now. It's all fun..so JT peeps...Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Streaming Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?'

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Seth and everyone else, honest question: Are streaming services "fleecing" us? Should we not pay to be entertained? It seems that the advertising model is dying out, so how else does content get paid for?

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When you have MORE streaming services, you have more shows/movies that are going to be blocked from each other due to competition. 

Us the consumers will have to pay MORE to access different streaming sites in order to watch the particular shows/movies that we want. 

If you only can afford to sign up for one, you're not gonna have access to many of the shows now available on just one or two streaming sites, unless of course you pay extra - which is where all this proliferation is leading to.

I completely agree. So in actuality and in some way, you’re not really getting a cheaper viewing experience because if pay for all these streaming services you’re back essentially paying easily over ¥6,000-¥8,000 a month carrying all these individual channels. Either way, they still got you in a different form. When you look at it from that perspective, it’s not as attractive.

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Youtube premium has some good shows also.

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'The Naked Director' (Japan) and 'Kingdom' (S.Korea) are the best Original series on Netflix.

Amazon Japan seems good but don't have their own Golden Cinemas.

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